Free, Home (2nd Avenue)

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I’ve seen a bit of public murals, but nothing this exceptional. Walking down 2nd Avenue the other month to check out the blue-chip art in the new 2nd Avenue subway line, about which I have mixed feelings, I stumbled first upon the one image and  then the other out on the street.

The first is Libre by Viajero, and was installed in 2015 as part of the East Harlem Monument Art Project, about which you can read here. An artist’s statement is here  and there’s more here by Viajero and more here and this interview here. Libre is at 2nd Avenue and E.113th Street.

The second image is Home by Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs). It was installed in 2013 as part of the Los Murals Hablan Project, about which you can read here.  Void’s homepage is here.

I’m going to post more images from both projects all together, but I wanted to devote some special to these two. Viewed together, the two images touch upon the experience of dislocation and the idea of home.

 

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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